No More Cuddles!
by Jane Chapman
Barry is a lovable and huggable hairy monster who enjoys life in the forest. He particularly loves his walks, listening to the birds and munching on berries. Basically, he just loves his own company! Unfortunately, he is rarely left alone as he is just too cuddly for his own good. Animals from all over the forest love to come and cuddle him because he is sooooo soft! Barry likes cuddles but unfortunately for him, his forest friends overdo it by smothering him with cuddles all the time – rarely giving him a moment alone. Bunnies, badgers, beavers and even a tortoise leap onto him smoothing, patting, stroking, fluffing and crying “Come here, Snuggle-wuggles!” What was poor Barry to do? Pretend to be a tree? That attracts squirrels. Put on an angry face? Then the animals think he needs a cuddle to cheer him up! Nothing works! Or does it? Barry tries and tries to calm his cuddlers down until finally one day he may (or may not) have discovered the solution.
Once again Jane Chapman has written and illustrated a delightfully humorous story that begs to be read aloud. Her colorful illustrations jump off the page and bring her lovable characters to life. I’m afraid that I, too, might have joined in the cuddling had I met an adorable monster like Barry!
Reviewed by Connie (Parr Library)